Trailblazing novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus Toni Morrison passed away on Monday night aged 88, her publicist confirmed, according to ABC News.
In 1993, Toni Morrison became the first black woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize after she took home the prize for her outstanding contribution to literature and giving life to an essential part of reality that had been so downplayed – the African American experience.
Toni Morrison is celebrated around the world as the greatest writer of our time with her books such as Beloved, Sula, The Bluest Eye and Songs of Solomon on the reading requirements list of several top notch schools around the world.
Her book, Beloved, about a black woman who killed her daughter to save her from returning to slavery won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988. It was adapted into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover in 1998.
In 1996, the National Endowment for the Humanities selected Morrison for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government’s highest honor for achievement in the humanities.
She was honoured with the 1996 National Book Foundation’s Medal of Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012, President Barack Obama presented Morrison with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2016, she received the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.